3 reasons you don’t need all that “volume on top”

I have noticed that I’ve had a significant increase in new clients coming in for a consultation with the common complaint that nobody can cut their hair right, to which I nod and prepare for a friendly mediation. Tell me first if you have ever said the following… ” I try to keep it shorter up top because I need the volume and body, but I really need some length in the back because I have a round face. ”

Realistically what is shorter in the front, pushed back off the face, has little voluminous layers on top, and is longer in the back? That is a friendly version of the mullet (see Reba below far left). Before you fall into that trap let me tell you that your mostly right. You probably could use some volume and body and if you feel like you have a rather round face there are things you can do about that. Pushing the hair up off your face to expose said roundness is not one of them.

So here are 3 reasons you don’t need all that “volume on top”…

  1. It dates you. There was a decade in which having all the little layering up top was totally in style, 2016 is not in that decade. You don’t have to do away with the volume. There is a fun little work around your stylist can use to give you all the volume without making 3 inch long layers at your crown. Interior layering is all the rage these days and can effectively give you body without the mullet.reba-pic-collage


2. You need the hair around your face. I know it drives you crazy to have it in your eyes and stuck to your cheeks but the round of the face can be combat by cutting the corners. You need that hair around your face to cut into the round and make your shape appear more oval.

3. It’s time for something new. Although it can be scary and feel uncomfortable changing your hair is as refreshing as re arranging our furniture. It can really make it look like a whole new you. Everybody will notice how fresh you look and in time you will get comfortable with the change.

Alright ladies now go see your stylist with a whole new perspective on your options and let them guide you in the right direction.



Lighting Is Everything

I have clients who will come into the salon after having the best color of their life and want to know what to do because every time they look in their bathroom mirror their hair ” looks yellow “, or ” looks flat “, or ” it’s red! ” Is their hair yellow, flat or red? Hell nooooooo. It is just as beautifully ashy blonde as it was when she left the salon.

What’s the problem then? She is not crazy and she’s probably not lying… the problem is the lighting. I conducted an experiment to prove it. The types of lighting are endless incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, natural, classic, spiral, tube, mini globe, and spotlight. I’ll spare you the continuance. The point is every shape and type of light source emits a different cast that can affect the way your eye perceives color. Your hair looks yellow even though it’s not because your bathroom light bulb made it look that way.

I did a little experiment to prove it… this gem is Aimee and she is one of my dearest coworkers and friends. We walked around the salon together and took pictures of her hair under different types of lighting at the salon.


Aimee is a platinum blonde who likes to dabble in fashion colors. Most recently she was a gorgeous shade of purple. That color has mostly faded out by now but notice in the bright sunlight you can see a lot more of the purple under tones. In the shade she looks like seamless icy blonde, but inside under the LED light she has a yellow glint to her platinum.

This is sheer proof that lighting is everything. Let this make you feel better about your hair color when you catch a glimpse of your self in your dim bathroom light or under the fluorescence at work. When your half bratty child calls your hair color yellow you can rest assured that your stylist wouldn’t let you leave looking like big bird unless you were going for a neon yellow fashion color.

On one last side note. If your hair truly is fading to a different color, which it always will by the time you need to come in again. There could be another reason that it is turning brassy. Mineral build up, product build up, your hair’s natural undertones etc. These all play a role in your hair fadeage.  Be willing to allow your stylist some investigative freedom to help you fix your problem. Perhaps they want you to try an exfoliating treatment or buy a new brand of product they feel wont build up. Having happy, healthy locks that don’t fade icky can take some maintenance depending on your environment and what you put in and on your body.



2 Easy Breezy updo’s when you only have 10 minutes

Washing your hair is over rated. I am not okaying you to stop bathing, or let your hair care get out of control oily. Your head shouldn’t look like the floor of the local Jiffy lube on the regular, but you absolutely do not have to wash your hair every day. You don’t have to wash it every other day for that matter.

What you should do… is bathe your body, wet your hair, even use your fingers to simulate a scrubbing motion along your scalp, but skip the shampoo almost as often as you like. A good rule of thumb is that you should probably soap up at least once a week. I personally shampoo about twice a week unless I have something going on that I feel the need to be especially fresh for.

I realize that by day 3 or 4 sometimes my hair can start to look a little greasy and wearing it down and limp isn’t the hottest look. So a couple of weeks ago on hair washing day (twice that week) I tried a quick updo to make my limp noodle locks look a little more kept. I spend my days beautifying my clients so my own morning beautification regimen is usually sub par. I had 10 minutes to fashion a updo that would last all day at work and make my hair seem fresh. Here is what I came up with…


I used 1 medium-sized butterfly clip to pull this style together. You can substitute that with any clip or pin you may have available, including bobby pins. I like to view this up swept style as bohemian and effortless. Here’s how in steps. Quick tip ( leave your part alone. This style is based on your hairs natural part. Don’t comb your hair up like you would in a high pony. )

  1. Pick up two sections of hair on either side of your face right where your eyebrows live. Each section should measure about 1 inch.
  2. Twist these two sections away from your face, all the way to the end.
  3.  Allow the two twists to meet at the back of your head just under the occipital bone and tie together with a pony tail holder.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 with another section of hair just below your eyes.
  5. Pickup all the hair that has gathered at the base of your neck and fold it up and over tucking it into the twists you just secured.
  6. Use a clip, hairpin or bobby pin to set the hair you just swept up and over your twists.

Tadah! Updo done. Your ready for work. The key to this style is to allow your hair to tendril at will. let the little pieces fall around your neck and face, that’s what makes it look so effortless. A little messy is okay.


This has to be one of the easiest styles I have ever done. You may not be able to pull this one off unless your hair is at least shoulder length. Especially with this style dry shampoo will be your best friend. Hairspray has also come along way from the Aqua net days. You can probably get a really amazing and reliable hairspray from your local salon that will not make your hair feel as stiff as a scotch on the rocks. Here’s how to pull off the Hairbow…

  1. Pull all of your hair up on top of your head. Reach for the sky because you can’t see your bow at all if your pony is too low.
  2. Before you put your pony tail holder in place pull out some piecey bits around your face, unless you want a uber slick look.
  3. Wrap your pony tail holder around your hair at the top of your head. On the last wrap make it a bun with the ends sticking out the back. (like we did in the 90’s).
  4.  Turn the bun around so that the straight ends are poking out over the top of your head. You should look ridiculous by now.
  5. Part the perfect little bun into two sections pressing them down onto your head. ( these will be the sides of your bow )
  6.  Take the little straight tail of hair on top sticking out of your bun and fold it between the two sides of your bow. Secure this section at the back either with a bobby pin or by sticking the ends into the pony tail holder that is already there.

Rock your Hairbow all day and don’t be surprised when a few people get all excited about your do and ask how to pull it off themselves. Just send them a link to my blog and let them get the step by step.

Happy hair styling!



4 products for real life beach hair

Aloha from Hawaii! Everybody is after the perfect, wavy, tousled looking beach hair. I decided to take the opportunity while I was at the beach to test 4 different products and report back. I used each product for 2 days at a time paying close attention to how well the product held, the texture and what made my hair feel most healthy.

If you have ever relaxed beach side you know that your hair is usually waving up in a frizzled mop or wet and matted to the side of your face. It can also bring out the most precious curls and simultaneously wreck your hairs health.

I wanted to know what I could use for a quick scrunch and set to keep my hair looking smooth and beachy all day,  and what I could use to keep the salt and chlorine from completely wrecking my hairs lustrous healthy shine.

Day 1 and 2 I used NeuVolume Surf Lotion by Neuma. This product smoothed what little natural waves I have and didn’t dry crunchy or wet looking. It’s volumizing property also gave me some much-needed height especially when I used the left over residue on my hands to scrunch the roots of my hair. I will say that if you don’t have much natural wave to your hair texture this product should still give you some volume but you may need something stronger to encourage the curl. The best part about this product is how natural the ingredients are.

Day 2 and 3 I used Coily by Kusco Murphy. This product gave me more gusto when it came to encouraging curl, and OH MY the smell is delicious. The product left my hair feeling soft, looking more curly and smelling great. I would recommend this product to all of my curly clients back at the salon. Use on all scrunch and go days for perfect curls. I’m in love.

Day 4 and 5 I used Keune So Pure Star Shaper. This product was different from the first two. Instead of encouraging curl or body this product was designed to give you long-lasting hold. I would recommend this product to any client whose hair is so naturally curly it could live in the eighties, or anybody with a more ethnic hair texture. I love a naturally wild set of curls and this product would provide the kind of hold you need to keep your loose locks looking smooth and bouncy instead of frizzy. This product would not be great on anybody with baby fine or super straight hair, it’s just a little heavy for that kind of texture.

Day 6 and 7 I finished my vacay with something meant to breathe the life back into my hair. I used the Leonor Greyl Huile Secret De Beaute in two different ways. On day 6 I dabbed a bit of the product in my palm and rubbed my hands together then applied to the ends of my hair in the morning, after swimming in the pool and at night. On day 7 I used the product as more of a treatment applying a generous amount to all of my hair starting at the ends and working my way up to the roots. I left this on for about an hour while i packed our nick nacks away. I finished up by showering the product out with shampoo and conditioner. Wow. My hair felt amazing. I would recommend this treatment to all blondes, anybody who gets highlights or anybody who is growing their hair out long.

To sum it all up, I loved all of these products. I would suggest you choose the one that fits your particular hair texture the best. If you need a consultation on your hair and what products would be perfect for you then you could always reach out to me for a consultation by emailing me at heather@pinkwestsalon.com or calling the salon for more information at 512-447-2888.